PJV Quickie: Breaking Nova left me in a book hangover. In the months since I read it, I couldn’t get these characters out of my head. Jessica Sorensen delivers another heart wrenching book.

Goodness this book was depressing. Obviously from the 5 stars, I enjoyed the depressing.

Breaking Nova was a sucker punch to the stomach, and Saving Quinton was a well placed follow up. You know it’s coming, so you brace for it this time, but there is not amount of bracing that can prepare you for what was spilled on these pages.

Saving Quinton picks up several months after Nova leaves for college. She’s healing, she’s moving on, and she’s helping others do the same. But there is one she wants to help more than the others. So when the semester ends she hunts Quinton down in Fabulous sunny Las Vegas. Only it kinda of sounds like Quinton lives in North Las Vegas, which from what my Dad tells me is a shit hole.

Nova shows up at his apartment one day, and the next day, and she keeps coming. Her earnestness is endearing. And never ending, but it gets tried, and tested, and beat up upon by Quinton’s addiction. Eventually it starts taking it’s toll on Nova, who has by this point in her life been dealt a very heavy hand.

Sorensen’s writing is just emotional. It’s very raw, and you feel the hope, and then the washes of despair. It’s very easy to be in this novel. To feel it.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to reading this novel. Or if I could even get through it. My parents were both meth addicts. I grew up around it. It’s refreshing that Sorensen shows both sides of addicts. Because they very much are their addictions. And for the most part, that’s all people see. But my mom was still my mom. She would surface, and go under.
This summer I lost my co-blogger and very good friend to a drug overdose. I saw her struggle with her addictions. It’s hard to be a bystander, it’s hard to not get upset, and frustrated. It’s hard not to take the blame. Sorensen nailed this. Absolutely 100% this is how it feels to be on the outside of someones addiction. I can’t tell you if she got the feelings of drug use right, but I know she got this right.

This book is packed full of ‘feels’ as the kids say these days. It’s not something that you can read and not be impacted by.

The flaws in this book were non existent. In my world, (and let’s not forget there is a book out there Called Methland that was written about meth in small town Iowa) it’s called Meth. I’ve never heard people use the crystal part. Well in school when the D.A.R.E. officer would come to class. But no one calls it meth. In recent years I’ve actually heard it referred to as poop. But Quinton and Nova toss around the word so much it makes me think maybe it’s called that in other areas.

I was uncomfortable with the kissing scenes. Because it’s something I wouldn’t do. Meth has a smell too it. It’s not pleasant. The addicts sweat it out of their pores. It’s sweet, and sour, and just all sorts of gross to me. But that’s me being super nitpicky. I’m glad they were included, because I see women or men with their significant others, and it’s obvious that they aren’t using.

Saving Quinton was a heartbreaking read, and I am hoping and wishing for a happy ending.

Thank you to publishers for providing me with an eARC via netgalley.

I recommend this book to mature readers, who like their NA contemp romance with a rougher edge.
This book features drug abuse, and physical abuse.